I need to find a laptop hard drive, IDE type in 7200 rpm flavor.
Reason being for a speed boost on an old Inspiron 2200 for a friend. I'm trying to not spend a fortune on it, I've been able to find a ton of 5400 and also some expensive prices on 100+ gb IDE 7200 drives. (Sata 5400 drives are seeming to be by far the most common now). A 40/60/80 would do fine, something like 40 to 80 dollars a pop or better respectively would be ideal, I can find them on ebay too, but I want 7200 rpm, brand new, brand new being the hardest part it seems, fairly cheap, anything over like 90 bucks is probably too much as I'll be lucky to get 80 bucks for the upgrade as it is.
I've already searched the following places to no avail;
server supply (is ALL their stuff used/refurb or what?)
and a bunch of other places I can't specifically remember.
I need help, its like trying to find long lost treasure at this point, haha, all help is appreciated, I'd love to find some new ones I can pick up for a decent price.
Yes, I have looked over various searches, including that google search with the same search string, it seems the only one in there I could find that was not ludicrously priced was the Hitachi 60gb for sale supposedly new on Ebay. The drive must be new, must be IDE, and I thought 7200 should be a requirement too.
Others have raised a few good points, and something I was wondering about actually too, the SSD idea isn't a bad one, but, I think for the money I would sink into a decent IDE SSD device that had read/write comparable to 50mb/sec or so, I don't know how much it would be, which ones I could pick from, and likely that it would be double or more the cost of one of those Hitachi drives, which come close to 50 mb/sec I think.
The other thing I was wondering, is if there are any 5400 rpm drives that are IDE that I could find new right now, that would come close or potentially be even better than these Hitachi drives that came out in 2005. Here is a link to the drives I'm referring to, and also an article on Tom's here about the drives with some numbers;
I know there are some WD Scorpio Blue drives that are out and still being produced from what I hear, but I'd guess the Hitachi drives to actually be capable of longer life actually, and I don't know how that WD driver performs, or any other 5400 I can get my hands on as I know I've seen lots of 5400s new available.
Because this external enclosure is designed to work with older USB 1.0
ports too, it has 2 USB connectors: so, those 2 connectors need to be
connected first, before the HDD is connected to the other end of the
USB cable provided.
We have a 160 GB Samsung PATA/IDE 2.5" HDD running fine
in that external enclosure:
So, it would be wise to purchase 2 of these Samsung HDDs,
and format both with 2 identical partitions: C: @ 32 GB for the OS,
and remainder for data. Then, if the internal HDD fails,
the external one can replace it easily.
Just remember to write copies of C:'s drive image to both
data partitions, as a fail-safe measure.